China Oct export growth 5-month high
The figures provided further signs for the country's top policymakers meeting in Beijing to anoint new leaders for the coming decade that a long slide in economic growth may be over.
Still, the trade figures don't point to a swift recovery either. Analysts said exports may have been amplified by a weak year-earlier month and one-off orders from customers for Christmas.
China Commerce Minister Chen Deming was also wary about reading too much into the figures, saying on Saturday that while exports suggested the world's No. 2 economy is stabilising, global demand would remain anaemic next year.
I think the October export rebound is mainly due to the delivery of orders for Christmas season, said Wang Han, an analyst at Industrial Securities in Shanghai. I would stay cautious about the export outlook in the coming months as demand from the United States and European countries has not fully recovered.
China customs data showed exports climbed in October by 11.6 percent from a year earlier, the fastest pace since May and beating expectations for a 9 percent rise. Imports were more lethargic, growing 2.4 percent, in line with September but below forecasts for a 3.1 percent rise.
Reflecting the mixed picture, the data showed exports growth to the United States
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